Assistant Director of Affinity Networks

POSTED: September 17, 2021
BUSINESS: Purdue for Life Foundation
START DATE: Immediate Availability

Essential Functions

  • Support the mission of Purdue for Life by helping people who love Purdue stay connected, get involved and give back.
  • Assist alumni volunteers that support affinity network participation:
    • Facilitate affinity network communications to promote engagement opportunities.
    • Assist in successful event planning, including the development of a communication strategy, booking university speakers, and completing pre and post event processes.
    • Attend and/or support affinity network activities and events.
    • Assist in stewarding volunteer leadership to reach more alumni through affinity networks.
  • Must be available to work evenings, weekends, and travel.

Additional Responsibilities

Assist Director in administrative functions relating to support for alumni network volunteers, and related alumni-driven engagement activities including:

  • Data reporting and maintenance, including but not limited to contact reports and alumni engagement data reporting.
  • Assist with ongoing communications and recruitment of new alumni volunteer leaders as appropriate.
  • Provide training to affinity network leaders on processes, policies, and technology.
  • Provide assistance with event support and pre/post-event processes.

Alumni Relations

  • Engage with all Purdue constituents by volunteering at, participating in, and attending activities for personalized engagement through the affinity networks and other engagement opportunities with Purdue for Life Foundation.
  • Manage an engagement portfolio to engage alumni personally, professionally and intellectually.
  • Manage questions and follow up from alumni and alumni volunteer leaders in a timely manner to increase and develop volunteer commitment.

Engagement Team     

  • Work as part of the Purdue for Life engagement team goals.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to effectively interact and build relationships with Purdue alumni from a wide range of professional and cultural backgrounds necessary. 
  • Articulate the strategic mission of Purdue University and Purdue for Life Foundation with tact and diplomacy at all times. 
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills are essential, including the ability to communicate well in person, in writing and speaking before groups.
  • Skilled at conversation and networking.
  • Attention to detail required.
  • Must be a team player.
  • Excellent leadership, organizational, project management, motivational, initiative, problem-solving, creativity and customer service skills required. 
  • Must be able to meet established deadlines in a timely manner.
  • Personal computer and related software skills, e.g., word processing, spreadsheets, data query, internet, etc. necessary. 
  • Experience with Salesforce or similar CRM is a plus.
  • Regular and reliable attendance are requirements of this position.


  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Minimum of three years of relevant experience.
  • Experience working in alumni relations or development preferred.


If you are interested in applying, please click here to begin the process: application deadline is Friday, October 8, 2021.

A criminal conviction check and negative controlled substance test are required for employment in this position. 

Purdue Research Foundation is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. PRF views, evaluates, and treats all persons in all Foundation-related activities solely as individuals on the basis of their own personal abilities, qualifications, and other relevant characteristics.  All qualified applicants for employment will receive consideration without regard to race, religion, color, gender, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or status as a veteran.


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